In addition to its owning universities NCUK’s qualifications are recognised by a range of other institutions in the England and the UK. NCUK also works with universities in Ireland/Northern Ireland and Australia.
The Consortium was initially established by the international offices of 12 universities in 1987 who collaborated to design and deliver a split degree programme for Malaysian government-sponsored students. Programmes were developed which aided the Malaysian economy – engineering, computing, pharmacy and business – and delivered as ‘transfer’ programmes. Students studied a first year in Malaysia before transferring to one of NCUK’s founding universities, or to another UK institution.
Over 6,000 students progressed through the programmes and into UK institutions over the 10 years of the project, saving the Malaysian government significant costs in their sponsorship budget.
One of NCUK’s strengths is to guarantee all students who pass one of its programmes a place on a suitable course at one of its owner universities, who are also heavily involved in the quality assurance and scrutiny of its programmes.
In 2007 around 1,200 students progressed from NCUK courses into UK universities.
NCUK is based in Manchester in the UK.